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Creature from the Haunted Sea

Published 1961
Topics Horror, Crime, Comedy

When a Carribean Island is engulfed by a revolution, one unscrupulous American mobster, Renzo Capeto plans to clean up with a get-rich-quick scheme. His diabolical plan is to provide refuge for the loyalists, and the contents of the government coffers, on his boat. He would then murder his passenger and escape with a fortune. Planning to blame their deaths on a mythical sea monster, no one is more surprised than Renzo, when the real monster appears with its own agenda.

Run time 01:14:33
Audio/Visual Mono, Black and White
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Reviewer: gl1200phil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2015
Subject: Great Romp!
I think this is hilarious! Spy movie parody. Horror flick parody. Ganster movie parody. Bogart parody. All rolled into one! Many unrelated zany, off the wall elements. Seems from the other reviews, you'll either love it or hate it. If you like humor like Monty Python, I think you'll love it. I was hooked after the first couple of scenes. If you take your movies seriously, go elsewhere. If you enjoy crazy, off the wall humor, I think you'll enjoy this movie.
Reviewer: Cliff Taylor - favorite - January 29, 2015
Subject: Kids Didn't Like It
In the 60s!

It just does not have that oomph that that makes a bad movie good.

A bad movie that is bad...
Reviewer: Robbmeister X - favoritefavorite - November 9, 2013
Subject: Watchable, but not much more
Bit of a strange one, this; as a horror-comedy, it isn't well paced or atmospheric enough to work as horror, and isn't witty enough to work as comedy. The plot is not too bad, but not enough is made of it either comedically or dramatically. I'd thought about adding an extra star just for the novelty of its rubbish Sesame Street style monster, but for casual Corman fans it's best for starters to track down It Conquered the World. Plus the guy who makes the monkey noises gets annoying after a while.
Reviewer: appledecca - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2010
Subject: Silly ! But...
This film is worth the watch , just for the guy who does the Animal's impersonations! I wanna give it 4 stars but I gotta stop myself for some reason...he he ..
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2010
Subject: Overripe Stilton
I've seen a lot of Roger Corman's movies. 22 of the movies in my collection were directed by him. Four are largely comedies, and this is the lamest of those. It may be the lamest movie he ever directed, and that's saying something. Don't get me wrong, I love his movies. He's the king of schlock, and almost all of his movies are quite entertaining. I suspect this one was meant as a drive-in B feature, not to be watched, at least very much. Heck, the second act is pure padding covered up with a little comedy, and some light plot development. Best not to even think about the plot at all.

The funniest parts for me were the opening scene where the narrator, a secret agent, has his tennis shoes polished while making contact, in the third act where he uses an unconnected telephone on the beach, and the creature. Corman's monsters are always silly looking, but this one goes to the top of the list.

Corman shows his stuff in the underwater scenes. They're almost as good as those in Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2010
Subject: Brilliant Parody
What a strange movie! From the moment I saw the secret agent putting a false beard under his nose I knew, that this is no horror movie, this is fun. And fun it was! A previous reviewer mentioned that some scenes appear to be a Bogart/Hepburn/African Queen parody, and he is right. But we have a "Creature from the Black Lagoon" parody also and I think with a more analytic viewing one could easily find more references to other movies.

Some of the scenes are so absurd that I had the impression this could have been a horror movie Monty Python would do. We have even a kind of "ministry of silly walking"-scene and I was nearly waiting for the intrusion of the "Spanish Inquisition" (Monty Python addicts will know what I mean. Not to be misunderstood: I know that this movie was made in the US 8 years before Monty Python came into existence in GB).

My favourite line appears after one of the killings: "The general died as all generals should." From my point of view this is absolutely correct.
Reviewer: Katusekino | Rooftop Cinema - - June 23, 2010
Subject: Urgent Help requested
Dear uploader of this cult classic,

Writing to you with request for help in our Rooftop Cinema project.

We plan to screen this classic flick Roger Corman Retrospective in July 2010 in the summer outdoor cinema in Tallinn, Estonia.

As we have w20m x h13m outdoor cinema screen and 15000 ANSI digital Christies projector we would need maximum quality from the screened filmĀ“s digital file. The current mpeg2 file most likely remains little lo-fi for our resolution capacity.

We would like to request from the uploader of this movie to Internet Archive if it would be possible to provide us with UNCOMPRESSED AVI or QUICKTIME FILE as high quality video as possible?

If you would be able to share the file, please contact me directly: aivar [at] or skype aivarlaan

Looking for any feedback as soon as possible,

Thank you very much in advance,
best rgds,

Aivar Laan
Program Director | Partner
Rooftop Cinema
Reviewer: smilindog - - March 9, 2010
Subject: Yikes !
Any simalarities between this turkey and another
award winning epic entitled 'The Last Woman on Earth' are purely coincidental..........
Reviewer: guyzilla - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2009
This was the title character's only film appearance. There wasn't much work for him after this movie. But his younger cousin lucked out, got a good agent, and achieved fame and fortune as the Grimace in the McDonald's commercials.
Reviewer: bestpbx - favoritefavorite - October 5, 2008
Subject: Hey, Mister... Can I shine your SNEAKERS????
The opening scene shows a shoe shine boy shining a man's white SNEAKER... it is a cloth shoe!

You know you are in for some really crazy stuff after that!
Reviewer: Verified1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2007
Subject: Hilarious
This movie was so idiotic, that it had us in stitches. Should have been a old Mystery Science Theater topic. Not to be missed.
Reviewer: filmsplice - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2007
Subject: Nice
Funny stuff. Sure there's dated humor that would be lost on many younger viewers, but the Bogart/African Queen parody elements work well, and this could've been a good midnight movie selection in the hazy days of the past. Not really a horror movie, and not great, but quirky and well worth seeing.
Reviewer: krougeau - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2007
Subject: Hands down...
This is definately my all time favorite cheesy b-movie.
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2007
I suppose the Age of the Drive-In Movie needs some explaining here. Once Upon a Time, when the soil was brown and the air WASN'T, there were Drive-In Theaters EVERYWHERE. And sometimes a teenage boy (and his girl) and maybe another couple or two, would pool their dough and take in the show at these places. There were snack bars for the food, smoking was allowed (why not? You were in your own car) and, since the show really didn't get going until after dark, a certain amount of what we used to call "necking" (and sometimes more) went on in the car also.

So it didn't matter a whole heck of a lot what was on the screen. In fact, the worse the film was...the better (for necking purposes). This is why films like CREATURE and all those beach party movies, and the rest were so wildly popular. They were usually good enough to be fun (the parts you actually SAW) but not so good you got glued to the screen the way people tend to expect to be THESE days. (And they have a right to expect that what with the high cost of going to one of these little matchbox theaters to see ONE movie. In my day you went to the a newsreel, a cartoon, some scenes of coming attractions, and TWO movies. And the whole thing...with gas and the snack bar... probably didn't cost you more than about six bucks...maybe ten if you brought the kids or were double-dating).
It was a different world, my children...and while some of it sucked...the Cold War, the House Unamerican Activities Committee, and all of that...there were some bright spots too.

Now, as to whether or not Betsy Jones-Moreland, Anthony Carbone, and "Edward Wain" (who is really noted film-maker and screen-writer Robert Towne---you may remember him picking up the Oscar for CHINATOWN back in 1975)could ACT. Well, these three did another Corman film together called LAST WOMAN ON EARTH...only that one they took a LITTLE more seriously and, if you check it'll find that, surprisingly, they weren't bad.

I give this one my highest rating because, while some of the humor is dated...hell, so am I...and a good laugh is worth a lot.
Reviewer: beirwer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2007
Subject: Just for fun
Sheesh, some people seem to think everything has to be Citizen Kane. This movie was made just for fun, and that's what it is. Watch it and decide for yourself.
Reviewer: LaMarr Bruister - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2006
Subject: Untitled
Hilarious monster movie spoof from the team that brought us "A Bucket of Blood" and "The Little Shop of Horrors."
Reviewer: Prof John - favorite - June 17, 2006
Subject: Cookie Monster from the Sea
totally inane movie and, except for the precurser of Cookie Monster as the creature from the depths, a total waste of time
Reviewer: surfvh - favorite - March 25, 2006
Subject: You either love Corman or . . . You Don't!
Since I'm a "don't" I'll explain why. It's difficult to see what Corman is trying to do in this film. He seems unable to figure out if he is making a slapstick comedy, an adventure drama, a kids' cartoon, a 60's monster film, or what. For anyone trying to delve for any subliminal or subtly hidden deep meaning, you hit bottom before you even get your fingernails wet (maybe you bump into the SpongeBob monster's head). He also seemed to have filmed using people who showed up at random and were free (drunks from a bar perhaps or his friends). His pacing is incredibly choppy, the dialog usually is out of context, and the attempts at humor and drama fall so flat it's really rather pitiful. I've seen other films with a budget of $0.00 (it couldn't have been more) that are very watchable. The pity is that someone couldn't have been there when he began filming and paid him not to make it.
Reviewer: Big Screen Guy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2006
Subject: Good fun
Maxwell Smart fans will love this one. Unfortunately, the sound could be better.
Reviewer: jimelena - favorite - December 19, 2005
Subject: Horror, crime, comedy
Here's one of those strange catagories, "horror, crime, comedy". This one can be explained, it was a horror, a crime, and a comedy that this film was ever made.
Reviewer: wilbrifar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2005
Subject: i love this film...
...and have ever since I saw it on a saturday afternoon on an Atlanta local station. People often call movies like this "bad" simply because of low production values. But when you consider the budgets Corman had, and weigh them against the entertainment he sqeezed from it, his films were better than most of the $100 million movies that clutter the multiplexes today.

The highlight of this movie is the hilarious title song, crooned by Betsy Jones-Moreland. It's just a generic love song with "...and the Creature from the Haunted Sea" jammed in at the end. Even at this early stage, Corman was poking fun at cliched movie conventions.

And who'd have thought the inept secret agent would go on to write "Chinatown"?

A wonderful movie; Corman's early work should be taught in all film classes as examples of how to use imagination above dollars.
Reviewer: moxey - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2005
Subject: Corman fans only
this is more of a comedy than a horror film.
an inept secret agent-
a gangster doing his best Bogart impersonation-
and one pathetic looking monster-{reason enough alone to watch this}.
some really funny moments.
Corman, it appears, just love making bad{really bad} B horror films.
and thats why we love him.
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